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Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

When the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

 

THE GIRL WITH THE MAKE-BELIEVE HUSBAND
Rokesbys #2
Julia Quinn
Releasing May 30, 2017
Avon Books

 

While you were sleeping…
With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He’s unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier’s life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie…
 
I told everyone I was your wife
When Edward comes to, he’s more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he’d always assumed he’d marry his neighbor back in England.
 
If only it were true…
Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.
 
Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.


 

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Excerpt

Manhattan Island

July 1779

 

His head hurt.

Correction, his head really hurt.

It was hard to tell, though, just what sort of pain it was. He might have been shot through the head with a musket ball. That seemed plausible, given his current location in New York (or was it Connecticut?) and his current occupation as a captain in His Majesty’s army.

There was a war going on, in case one hadn’t noticed.

But this particular pounding—the one that felt more like someone was bashing his skull with a cannon (not a cannonball, mind you, but an actual cannon) seemed to indicate that he had been attacked with a blunter instrument than a bullet.

An anvil, perhaps. Dropped from a second-story window.

But if one cared to look on the bright side, a pain such as this did seem to indicate that he wasn’t dead, which was also a plausible fate, given all the same facts that had led him to believe he might have been shot.

That war he’d mentioned… people did die.

With alarming regularity.

So he wasn’t dead. That was good. But he also wasn’t sure where he was, precisely. The obvious next step would be to open his eyes, but his eyelids were translucent enough for him to realize that it was the middle of the day, and while he did like to look on the metaphorical bright side, he was fairly certain that the literal one would prove blinding.

So he kept his eyes closed.

But he listened.

He wasn’t alone. He couldn’t make out any actual conversation, but a low buzz of words and activity filtered through the air. People were moving about, setting objects on tables, maybe pulling a chair across the floor.

Someone was moaning in pain.

Most of the voices were male, but there was at least one lady nearby. She was close enough that he could hear her breathing. She made little noises as she went about her business, which he soon realized included tucking blankets around him and touching his forehead with the back of her hand.

He liked these little noises, the tiny little mmms and sighs she probably had no idea she was making. And she smelled nice, a bit like lemons, a bit like soap.

And a bit like hard work.

He knew that smell. He’d worn it himself, albeit usually only briefly until it turned into a full-fledged stink.

On her, though, it was more than pleasant. Perhaps a little earthy. And he wondered who she was, to be tending to him so diligently.

“How is he today?”

Edward held himself still. This male voice was new, and he wasn’t sure he wanted anyone to know he was awake yet.

Although he wasn’t sure why he felt this hesitancy.

“The same,” came the woman’s reply.

“I am concerned. If he doesn’t wake up soon…”

“I know,” the woman said. There was a touch of irritation in her voice, which Edward found curious.

“Have you been able to get him to take broth?”

“Just a few spoonfuls. I was afraid he would choke if I attempted any more than that.”

The man made a vague noise of approval. “Remind me how long he has been like this?”

“A week, sir. Four days before I arrived, and three since.”

A week. Edward thought about this. A week meant it must be… March? April?

No, maybe it was only February. And this was probably New York, not Connecticut.

But that still didn’t explain why his head hurt so bloody much. Clearly he’d been in some sort of an accident. Or had he been attacked?

“There has been no change at all?” the man asked, even though the lady had just said as much.

But she must have had far more patience than Edward, because she replied in a quiet, clear voice, “No, sir. None.”

The man made a noise that wasn’t quite a grunt. Edward found it impossible to interpret.

“Er…” The woman cleared her throat. “Have you any news of my brother?”

Her brother? Who was her brother?

“I am afraid not, Mrs. Rokesby.”

Mrs. Rokesby?

            “It has been nearly two months,” she said quietly.

Mrs. Rokesby? Edward really wanted them to get back to that point. There was only one Rokesby in North America as far as he knew, and that was him. So if she was Mrs. Rokesby…

“I think,” the male voice said, “that your energies would be better spent tending to your husband.”

Husband?

“I assure you,” she said, and there was that touch of irritation again, “that I have been caring for him most faithfully.”

Husband? They were calling him her husband? Was he married? He couldn’t be married. How could he be married and not remember it?

            Who was this woman?

Edward’s heart began to pound. What the devil was happening to him?

“Did he just make a noise?” the man asked.

“I… I don’t think so.”

She moved then, quickly. Hands touched him, his cheek, then his chest, and even through her obvious concern, there was something soothing in her motions, something undeniably right.

“Edward?” she asked, taking his hand. She stroked it several times, her fingers brushing lightly over his skin. “Can you hear me?”

He ought to respond. She was worried. What kind of gentleman did not act to relieve a lady’s distress?

“I fear he may be lost to us,” the man said, with far less gentleness than Edward thought appropriate.

“He still breathes,” the woman said in a steely voice.

The man said nothing, but his expression must have been one of pity, because she said it again, more loudly this time.

He still breathes.”

“Mrs. Rokesby…”

Edward felt her hand tighten around his. Then she placed her other on top, her fingers resting lightly on his knuckles. It was the smallest sort of embrace, but Edward felt it down to his soul.

“He still breathes, Colonel,” she said with quiet resolve. “And while he does, I will be here. I may not be able to help Thomas, but—”

Thomas. Thomas Harcourt. That was the connection. This must be his sister. Cecilia. He knew her well.

Or not. He’d never actually met the lady, he felt like he knew her. She wrote to her brother with a diligence that was unmatched in the regiment. Thomas received twice as much mail as Edward, and Edward had four siblings to Thomas’s one.

Cecilia Harcourt. What on earth was she doing in North America? She was supposed to be in Derbyshire, in that little town Thomas had been so eager to leave. The one with the hot springs. Matlock. No, Matlock Bath.

Edward had never been, but he thought it sounded charming. Not the way Thomas described it, of course; he liked the bustle of city life and couldn’t wait to take a commission and depart his village. But Cecilia was different. In her letters, the small Derbyshire town came alive, and Edward almost felt that he would recognize her neighbors if he ever went to visit.

She was witty. Lord, she was witty. Thomas used to laugh so much at her missives that Edward finally made him read them out loud.

Then one day, when Thomas was penning his response, Edward interrupted so many times that Thomas finally shoved out his chair and held forth his quill.

“You write to her,” he’d said.

So he did.

Not on his own, of course. Edward could never have written to her directly. It would have been the worst sort of impropriety, and he would not have insulted her in such a manner. But he took to scribbling a few lines at the end of Thomas’s letters, and whenever she replied, she had a few lines for him.

Thomas carried a miniature of her, and even though he said it was several years old, Edward had found himself staring at it, studying the small portrait of the young woman, wondering if her hair really was that remarkable golden color, or if she really did smile that way, lips closed and mysterious.

Somehow he thought not. She did not strike him as a woman with secrets. Her smile would be sunny and free. Edward had even thought he’d like to meet her once this godforsaken war was over. He’d never said anything to Thomas, though.

That would have been strange.

Now Cecilia was here. In the colonies. Which made absolutely no sense, but then again, what did? Edward’s head was injured, and Thomas seemed to be missing, and…

Edward thought hard.

…and he seemed to have married Cecilia Harcourt.

He opened his eyes and tried to focus on the green-eyed woman peering down at him.

“Cecilia?”

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Review: 

In her first story outside of England, Julia Quinn takes the reader to Revolutionary New York. Without getting too bogged down in the conflict, she presents her hero, Edward as a British officer who lost his memory. Upon awakening from an injury, he discovers his best friend’s sister by his bedside. Cecilia had claimed to be his wife and Edward believes her. Their relationship had previously been built on notes through letters between Cecilia and her brother. In addition to that past, the best part of their relationship was the support between Cecilia and Edward. While he is injured, she cares for him and when Cecilia is given bad news, he supports her tenderly. This was a heartwarming book to read and Julia Quinn has excelled at creating likable and relatable characters. In the story she’s created, it actually makes sense for Cecilia to claim to be Edward’s wife. Quinn does an excellent job of pulling off one of the most unbelievable tropes- the amnesic hero.

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Feminists Take On the Romance Genre

On Monday, I kicked off BookCon week with an impromptu trip to the city! I decided to attend a panel discussion at The Strand Bookstore: Feminists Take On the Romance Genre. This panel featured Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Maya Royale, and Sarah MacLean, all of whom I adore. I was lucky enough to get an awesome seat ( three rows behind Gloria Steinem!!) and was able to Live stream some of the discussion on my twitter and Facebook. Twitter Live Stream. Facebook Live . This was an informative and lively panel about romance and the role it plays in feminism. The main take away is romance is books by women for women that celebrate female sexuality and pleasure! What can be more feminist than that!


 

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NJ RWA Book-Signing

Hi Guys,

Saturday, October 17th was the NJ RWA book-signing! Together with one of my friends, who despite not reading romances gets dragged to these signings, I went and got books signed! What was great about this book-signing was there was time to chat with the authors. I had a chance to talk to Julia Quinn about her new Bridgerton book series!

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Sarah MacLean!

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Julia Quinn

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Top Ten Authors Duos You’d Love To See Write A Book Together

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Dous You’d Love To See Write A Book Together.”

  1. Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter! 

    I want a Immortals After Dark/ Lords of the Underworld crossover!

  2. Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R. Ward

    Dark-Hunter/ Black Dagger Brotherhood crossover!

  3. Eloisa James and Julia Quinn

  4. Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas

    Writing about competing gambling halls

  5. Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins

    That book would be hysterical!

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Top Ten Books to Read if You Like Lisa Kleypas

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Ten Books to Read If You Like This Popular Book/Author”. I decided to chose Lisa Kleypas since she writes both historical and contemporary books.

  1. The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

    The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)
    Similar to Lisa Kleypas’ Hathaway series

  2. A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

    A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)
    The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking of Lisa Kleypas’ Dream of You, Derek Craven, sigh.

  3. Lucky Harbor Series by Jill Shalvis

    Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1)
    Reminded me of Kleypas’s Friday Harbor series

  4. Duchess Quartet by Eloisa James 

    Duchess in Love (Duchess Quartet, #1)
    The friends in her series reminded me of the Wallflower series.

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Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is a freebie so I decided to do “Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry”. I’m one of those people who adores books that make me cry so I figured, why not.

  1. Midnight Pleasures by Eloisa James Midnight Pleasures (Pleasures, #2)

    This book makes me sob. Not just cry. Sob. I’m actually not the biggest fan of this book’s plot but whenever I pick it up, I know the emotions I will get from it and that’s why I keep coming back to it.

  2. Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia QuinnThe Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1)

    This is one of my favorite Julia Quinn books. I think that’s because most of her books are so happy that I was knocked off my feet by the emotions in this one. Case in point, my other favorite Julia Quinn is Romancing Mister Bridgerton, which has similar themes but leaves me grinning the entire book.

  3. The Bollywood Bride by Sonali DevThe Bollywood Bride

    I just read this book recently and I’m pretty sure I sobbed from start to finish.

  4. Dream a  Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsDream a Little Dream (Chicago Stars, #4)

    A lot of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books make me cry but I decided to include the two that make me cry the most.

  5. Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Kiss an Angel

  6. Styxx by Sherrilyn KenyonStyxx (Dark-Hunter, #12)

    Oh god. There aren’t words for how much this book makes me cry. It doesn’t matter what I’m in the middle of doing, just the thought of the scene where Styxx is poisoned and dreaming of Bethany and their son. I’m tearing up right now just typing that.

  7. Acheron by Sherrilyn KenyonAcheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)

    I’m still emotionally scarred from that book.

  8. Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa KleypasBlue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2)

    This is my favorite Lisa Kleypas book and I cry through the first 100 pages over what Haven has to suffer through.

  9. Enslaved by Virginia Henley Enslaved

    The scene in the arena where Marcus has to send Diana back. Sobs.

  10. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini SinghHeart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling, #12)

    This book tore my heart out and then pieced it back together.

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Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Romance Novels 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is”Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught Romance Novels 101″

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Pride and Prejudice The most classic romance novel of all time and the one of the genre founders.

  2. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

    These Old Shades (Alastair, #1)
    To my everlasting shame, I’ve never read Georgette Heyer but this book of hers was recommended and her contributions to the genre are extremely important.

  3. Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small (Bodice Ripper)
    Skye O'Malley (O'Malley Saga, #1)

    I thought about going with The Flame and the Flower but I never actually got through that book. Skye O’Malley, I did read, and can serve as both a representative for old school bodice ripper romances and as a contrast to the evolution of romance novels over the last 20 years.

  4. Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale

    Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained: Expanded Edition
    This book is excellent for the history of romance novels and the negative reputation they have.

  5. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (Historical Romance)

    Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels, #3)
    Often viewed as the best romance novel, this book is a must!

  6. It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Contemporary Romance)

    It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1)
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the best of the best when it comes to contemporary romance!

  7. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Paranormal Romance)

    Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)
    Nalini Singh shows the beauty of paranormal romance.

  8. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Historical Romance)

    Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)One of the best historical romances, and one with an older heroine, that I have ever read!

  9. Magic Bites by  Ilona Andrews (Urban Fantasy)

    Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
    Nothing can beat the world-building in the Kate Daniels series!

  10. The Professional by  Kresley Cole (Erotic Romance)

    The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)
    I wanted to included a well-written erotic romance to show that not every erotica is Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From”. This was a really easy week. Once I find a romance writer I like, I tend to read their entire back-list.

  1. Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)

  2. Johanna Lindsey Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family, #3)

  3. Eloisa James A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)

  4. Julia Quinn Just Like Heaven (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #1)

  5. Nalini Singh Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter, #7)

  6. Susan Mallery Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold, #1)

  7. Elizabeth Boyle Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress (Bachelor Chronicles, #5)

  8. Lynsay Sands A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1)

  9. Christina DoddThe Barefoot Princess (Lost Princesses, #2)

  10. Lisa Kleypas Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)

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The BedTime Book Tag!

Hi all! I’ve been tagged by Shivalika at Whimsy Journals to do The BedTime Book Tag! This is my first book tag and I’m really excited to participate!

A Book That Kept You Up All Night ReadingStyxx (Dark-Hunter, #12)Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

I adore this book and every time I read it, I end up staying up all night.

A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

This first time I read this book, I was 13 and ended staying up all night, partly convinced there was a crazy woman in the attic.

A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by R.H. Tawney. 

I had to read this book for a graduate class and honestly, I didn’t get further than the first chapter. The book just put me to sleep.

A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release

Born of Fury (The League, #7)

Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

I adore any Sherrilyn Kenyon book but I was really looking forward to Dancer Hauk’s book!

A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn 

I love Colin Bridgerton. That is all.

A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

I love Kate Daniels and Curran but I would not want to live in their world.

A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

Confessions of a Little Black Gown (Bachelor Chronicles, #4)

Confessions of A Little Black Gown by Elizabeth Boyle 

This book didn’t actually have a cliffhanger for the main couple but it set a cliffhanger up for the couple in the next book, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress. I spent a horrible month waiting for the next book to come out.

A Book That You Actually Dreamed About

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I once had a dream where Jamie Fraser and I were doing Scottish Reels (the dances! Get your minds out of the gutter!) The sad part is he was wearing pants and not a kilt 😦

A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

Forbidden Pleasure (Bound Hearts, #8)

Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh

Spoiler Alert: The bad guy was hiding under the bed!

I really enjoyed doing this book tag!

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Booksigning – Nalini Singh with Sarah Wendell

To start off my week of romance novels, last Monday I went to a booksiging for Nalini Singh. I’ve been fortunate that over the last few years, my local Barnes and Noble has hosted a variety of romance novelists. I’ve meet everyone from Eloisa James and Julia Quinn (total fangirl moment) to Brenda Jackson.

Sarah Wendell and my signed copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms- The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels

Sarah Wendell and my signed copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms- The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels

My night started off amazing. I left work early and headed straight to Barnes and Noble. What I can I say, I wanted a good seat and was totally okay with arriving 2 hours early. While I was sitting in Starbucks, rereading Heart of Obsidian, I looked over and there was Sarah Wendell. For those of you who don’t know, Sarah Wendell co-runs one of the best romance websites around: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. And she co-wrote Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels and wrote Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels. So of course, I had to go over and talk to her.

Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh

And ask her to sign my copy of Beyond Heaving Bosoms. And chat with her

about romance novels. As one does.

The night got even better from there when Nalini Singh arrived. Since I basically worship the ground she walks on and re-read her Psy-Changeling series every few months, you can understand my excitement. She and Sarah chatted about her books, her addiction, while in the States, to Extreme Couponing, and everything in between. Sarah was sneaky and kept trying to get Nalini to slip up and tell the identity of “The Architect”. I was lucky enough to get ask Nalini a few questions.

Pups or Cubs- Referring to Mercy and Riley’s future children from Branded by Fire  – she laughed and refused to answer

Who would win in a fight: Hawke or Lucas – She also didn’t answer- I don’t blame her; I’m not sure either

While getting my books signed, I also asked her if Hawke and Sienna will have a satisfying showdown with Ming- They will!!

It was an amazing night and an excellent way to kick off my romance novels week!

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